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The Sound Barrier: Sunday, 15 April 2018

Artist | Track/Song Name | Album Title | Label/Distributor | Comments

The playlist follows its usual order tonight, listing the composer first, then the name of the piece followed by the performers. Recording details (album name and label) follow. The duration of the piece is last.

Aaron Cassidy | What then renders the force visible is a strange smile | Tristram Williams (trumpet) | The Crutch of Memory | NEOS | 5:13

Interview with Kaylie Melville talking about Waves + Lines at Metropolis 2018

Gemma Peacocke | from Waves + Lines | Elizabeth Bagg (soprano); Borah Han (piano); Adam Holmes (percussion); Shawn Lovato (double bass) | Recording courtesy Gemma Peacocke | 20:31 (excerpts in four movements):

  1. Bees (4:24)
  2. I am the Beggar of the World (5:55)
  3. Father (4:19)
  4. Love (5:53)

Liza Lim | Wild Winged-One | Marco Blaauw (trumpet) | Angels | Wergo | 8:40

Interview with Tristram Williams and Marco Blaauw talking about If the Gods Came Down to Earth Dressed as Cowboys at Metropolis 2018

Karlheinz Stockhausen | HARMONIEN (from 5th hour of KLANG) | Marco Blaauw (trumpet) | HARMONIEN und SCHÖNHEIT: Stockhausen Complete Edition Volume 87 | Stockhausen online CD store | 15:02

Unsuk Chin | Fantaisie mécanique | Ensemble Intercontemporain; Patrick Davin (conductor) | Unsuk Chin: Fantaisie Mécanique; Xi; Akrostichon-Wortspiel; Double Concerto | Kairos | 12:47

As always, you can check out the blog if you would like to read more about tonight's show!

The Sound Barrier previews Metropolis 2018

As this year's Metropolis New Music Festival approaches, it will be fantastic to once again celebrate, on The Sound Barrier, Melbourne's most prominent annual showcasing of new music.

It's going to be an exciting festival this year and some of its most sensational performers, and music by some of its most exciting composers, will be featuring on this weekend's edition of the show.

Joining me to chat about their parts in the festival will be percussionist Kaylie Melville, from Rubiks Collective, who will be bringing an extraordinary song cycle for soprano, ensemble and electronics, Wave + Lines, by Gemma Peacocke, to this year's festival; as well as trumpeters Marco Blaauw and Tristram Williams, to talk about Elision's astounding concert of new works, by Australian and international composers, If the Gods Came Down to Earth Dressed as Cowboys including a brand new piece composed for Elision by Liza Lim.

Marco Blaauw is widely recognised as now the world's leading interpreter of the trumpet music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, and with Tristram Williams similarly renowned for his performances of Stockhausen's music, and especially for his championship of it in Australia, I will also be talking with both of them about their relationship with that incredible part of the trumpet repertoire.

I'll also be including in the show music by this year's festival composer-in-focus, Unsuk Chin, whose work in both electronic and acoustic territory continues to win her prizes and recognition throughout the world.

I hope you can join me for all this, this Sunday at 10 PM (AEST), or whenever that is wherever you are. You can tune in locally in and around Melbourne on PBS 106.7 FM or on PBS Digital, or can log in from anywhere in the world via the PBS app or online. The show is also available as an audio archive, here on the website, shortly after it has gone live to air.

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